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The Women of Rodef Sholom Present: By Accident by Joanne Greene

Sunday, January 7, 2024 26 Tevet 5784

2:00 PM - 3:30 PMOsher Marin JCC + Virtual

Start 2024 with a reading and discussion with WRS sister Joanne Greene about her new book By Accident: A Memoir of Letting Go.

In her book, Joanne reflects on how normal and traumatic setbacks in her life led to discovering that control is a seductive illusion and how letting go of the need for it can reveal great strength and lead us to even firmer ground. Discussion will be followed by a book signing. The book is available at the WRS Gift Shop.

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About the Book:

Joanne Greene grew up in Boston during the 1960s and ’70s, a turning point for women in the United States. Doors were opening wider, and Joanne walked through as many as she could. As a young woman, she dove headfirst into San Francisco radio and television, and went on to host and produce award-winning feminist and other timely features and talk shows for decades. Throughout, she worked at having a great marriage and being an exemplary parent. But underlying her high-achieving life was a sometimes-destructive need for control.

Vulnerability and dependency were okay . . . for other people. Joanne’s value was tied to how in charge, how together, and how productive she was. Then she suffered a traumatic accident—and it set her on a journey of discovery that taught her true power came in the still moments, the moments when she not only loosened her grip but even allowed herself to crack. In fragility, Joanne found, there was beauty—and possibility, too.

By Accident is a story about discovering that control is a seductive illusion and how letting go of the need for it can reveal great strength and lead us to even firmer ground.

About the Author:

Growing up, Joanne Greene was repeatedly told that little girls should be seen and not heard. Clearly, she didn’t get the message. Her adventurous spirit led her to study media at Northwestern and Emerson, where she hosted a jazz radio show. California called and she dove headfirst into San Francisco radio and television, where she hosted and produced award-winning feminist and other timely features and talk shows for decades.

Today she co-hosts the podcast “All the F Words” with Gabi Moskowitz – in which two writer friends, nearly thirty years apart, explore a range of issues that start with the letter F. “In This Story…” the latest podcast series, showcases her microessays set to customized music. Joanne’s debut memoir, By Accident, is due out in June 2023 on She Writes Press. She lives in Marin County, CA, with Fred, her husband and creative partner since 1980, and their damn near-perfect Goldendoodle, Moxie.

 

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